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Meet Our Educators
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Award-winning choreographer and founder/artistic director of Show Tyme Academy, Christine Kowalchik holds BA degrees in both Acting and Dance Choreography from Muhlenberg College.
Born in New York state, but raised primarily in Maine, Christine classically trained in the Balanchine Technique, jazz, tap and modern, at the Maine State School for the Performing Arts and Maine State Ballet. During her college career she was part of an improvisational dance company, “6Meters” and choreographed for and performed in multiple main stage productions. After college Christine enjoyed studying and choreographing on three continents, including her personal favorite: Africa. Locally Christine has choreographed MCT’s productions of Willy Wonka, Shrek! The Musical, A Christmas Story, Mamma Mia, “Elf” the Musical, and Performing Arts Camp as well as Frenchtown High School’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her choreography has been recognized nationally both on screen and stage as choreographer for “My Grandpa’s Fiddle” which earned a Telley Award in 2018, and has earned Platinum awards at New York City Dance Alliance’s Nationals. Christine’s students have gone on to attend prestigious summer intensives, private schools, and BFA programs, as well as earned top adjudications at serval different conventions and competitions around the United States.
STUDIO MANAGER/COMPANY ASSISTANT
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Annika is thrilled to be continuing her career here at Show Tyme Academy, in her 5th year teaching with us! After graduating from the University of Montana in 2020, Annika has continued to utilize her organizational skills within her position as the Studio Manager of Show Tyme. In the classroom, you can catch her teaching jazz, contemporary, pom, and private lessons. When not at the dance studio, Annika works as the coach of the Hellgate Dance Team-go Knights! Born and raised in the performing arts community of Missoula, Annika’s life long passion is to continue to spread her love for the arts and performing through her students.
Alma Stephens hails from Golden, Colorado where she began her dance training at the age of three years old. For the past eighteen years, she has studied ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom and modern styles. Since beginning college at the University of Montana in 2017, Stephens has spent three seasons as a member of the UM Dance Team and is going into her fourth and final year as a senior. She is currently working towards a degree in Dance and an Entertainment Management Certificate from UM and has taken advantage of every performance opportunity within the notable Department of Theatre and Dance productions such as Studio Works, Dance New Works, Dance On Location, Dance Up Close, Dance in Concert and Dance Underground. Stephens hopes to join the professional industry by applying her education to expand all practices of her art and gain a deeper understanding of the business side of the dance world. She is so excited to join the Show Tyme staff and cannot wait to get started!
Lisa is thrilled to continue her time within the Show Tyme family as an instructor for ballet and contemporary classes. A Pennsylvania native, Lisa began her dance career with Erie Civic Ballet, Youngstown Ballet Company and The Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts. She attended Mercyhurst University on a scholarship where she earned a BFA in dance and a sociology minor. Ms. Brucker has served as owner/director of the Armstrong Dance Academy for 5 years, where many of her students were accepted into BFA and professional dance programs. She comes to Show Tyme Academy with over 30 years of dance instruction, choreography and leadership experience from all over the United States.
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
Bruno is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Arts & Above; an art maker, performer, and educator based in Missoula, Montana. His work encompasses dance, music, poetry, and film, and has been presented throughout the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. His professional and artistic work spans 24 years and counting, as he continues creating, performing and educating in communities across the world. Mr. Augusto holds a diploma from Escuela Nacianal de Artes (Havana, Cuba), a BFA from Towson University in dance performance, and a MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in choreography.
Melissa is an experienced former professional dancer and gymnast who has taught and toured around the world for over 20 years. She is a high energy fun instructor who brings her world wide experience from teaching and learning in places such as Costa Rica, Hawaii, New York and LA.
Marie Barnett was trained in the Royal Academy of Dance method, completing Elementary through Advanced levels as well as earning the Royal Academy of Dance teaching certificate. Marie performed classical and contemporary roles while dancing with San Luis Obispo Civic Ballet and Golden State Ballet, both in California. As a choreographer, her works include everything from classical ballet to Broadway musicals. Ms. Barnett served as Owner/Artistic Director of The Ballet Conservatory in Aliso Viejo, CA, for 8 years. Since moving to Missoula in 2005, Marie has enjoyed teaching teaching ballet and pointe at Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, University of Montana, Ballet Arts Academy and now Show Tyme Academy!
Kate is a seasoned dancer and choreographer. Originally from Pennsylvania, she now calls Missoula home. Her choreography has been presented across the United States at venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC) and ZSpace (San Francisco, CA), as well as internationally in Guatemala and Peru. She has been on faculty at CityDance Conservatory, The Washington Ballet, The National Cathedral School and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Kate, and her partner Bruno Augusto, Co-Direct Arts & Above. She holds a M.F.A. degree in Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York at Brockport, as well as GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer certificates.
Anna C. Keller is origanally from Missoula Montana and loves the outdoors. She earned her BFA in dance from the University of Wyoming and her MFA in dance with and emphasis in choreography, performance and dance history from the Universty of Arizona. During her undergrad years she had the chance to spend a summer in Stockholm Sweden taking dance classes. She has had a variety of performing opportunities that include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre and one of her favorites, vertical dance. Which she performed both on stage and on the rocks at Vedawoo recreation area in Wyoming.In 2006 she was the featured dancer in a piece, choreographed by Marsha Knight, that was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Gala performance of ACDFA. After earning her BFA she spent time teaching and choreographing before moving to New York City for a year and a half, working and taking class.
Colleen is excited to be teaching Pointe 8 for Show Tyme this school year. She has a B.F.A. in Ballet from the University of Utah. Earlier in her dance career, she performed with Utah Ballet and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. She has choreographed and directed Garden City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. In addition to being a dance teacher, Colleen loves musical theatre. In 2021 she choreographed Lucky Stiff for Bigfork Summer Playhouse. This season she’s choreographing Nunsense Jamboree for Missoula Community Theatre. Additional choreography credits include Sister Act, A Christmas Carol and title of show. She has performed in many plays at the University of Montana, MCT and Montana Repertory Theatre. Favorite performing credits include lead roles in Chicago, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Story and Seussical. Colleen was featured in Dancing with the Missoula Stars for three seasons and sang with Zootown Cabaret for two years. Her newest daytime adventure is being a licensed esthetician at Skin Chic.
INSTRUCTOR/FRONT OFFICE ASSISTANT
Camryn has been dancing for a total of 13 years. She danced on Sole Dance Company’s competitive team in Great Falls, Montana from ages 9-18. She then joined the University of Montana Dance Team and stayed on the team all four years of college, two of the years holding the position of captain. After graduating and earning her degree in Wildlife Biology, she was brought on as the assistant coach for the University of Montana Dance Team. She is now working to earn her second degree in Veterinary Technology.
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Andrew began tumbling at a very young age at the YMCA. Loving it enough, he went into gymnastics and trained all the way through high school, earning the Regional Champion title his junior year. He began coaching at age 14 and fell in love with it immediately. He spent the next 14 years coaching students from preschoolers all the way up to Griz Cheerleaders. He also coached several individuals and teams to State titles. Andrew has spent the last 4 years building stages and rigging for concerts with Rocky Mountain Rigging. He is extremely excited to get back to teaching and is grateful towards Show Tyme for the opportunity.
Ava Tooke is a junior in high school and has been dancing for 12 years. She loves to work with kids and wants to inspire younger ballerinas and dancers to find a passion in what they do. Dance has helped her build a community filled with amazing friends and it has opened doors to numerous opportunities and achievements. She hopes your child is ready to get their groove on and ROCK IT on stage!
Elaina is in her 9th year at Show Tyme Academy. She’s currently a member of the Show Tyme Academy Select Company, which travels across the country for conventions and competitions, in which she’s logged multiple high scores in years past. Elaina is a founding Show Tyme Company member and is teaching many tap classes and private lessons in addition to her own classes at Show Tyme. Elaina is so excited for this coming season!
Quinn is going in to his 7th year here at Show Tyme Academy. An active company member for five seasons, he loves traveling around the country. He has received multiple scholarships and awards from such conventions. Quinn is so excited to be teaching this season and looks forward to sharing dance with others.
Olivia Farnes has been dancing at Show Tyme for six years, and forging her dance skills since age three. Skilled in nearly any dance style you could ask for, Olivia loves spending time on the dance floor, whether it’s teaching or learning. Her performances have won both regional and national awards, from Los Angeles to New York City.
Eva Joy Erickson
Eva Joy Erickson has had a passion for dance as long as she can remember! She took her first dance class at age 3 and has loved performing on stage ever since. She has been in several theater productions: acting, singing, and dancing. She is a versatile dancer, who loves all genres! She has received multiple scholarships over the years and enjoys pursuing opportunities to learn and perform. Eva Joy has worked as a teacher’s assistant and substitute for the past four years and is excited to teach this year at Show Tyme Academy. She’s looking forward to giving her students the opportunity to grow and learn in a caring and fun environment!
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Dillon joins Show Tyme Academy’s staff after growing up in Missoula’s theatre scene. Using his excellent brand of physical comedy, Dillon tread the boards of Hellgate High School’s theatre department before graduating and moving on to the University of Montana, where he’s currently studying Business Administration & Entrepreneurial Studies. You may have seen him most recently in MCT’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of “Somebody Catch My Homework!”
Addie comes to Show Tyme Academy with a 12 year competitive dance background, as well as 4 years of assistant teaching. She is currently a sophomore in college, dancing for the University of Montana Dance Team, as well as studying Elementary Education. Addie loves working with kids and spreading her joy and passion for dance. Throughout her competitive years, Addie received multiple high-level scholarships at conventions, including an “electro-tap” scholarship, which provided a year-long assistance opportunity with NRG dance project.
Anne Bashor grew up playing the piano from the age of five. She received a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy. Anne has had a private piano studio for over twenty years and currently has a studio of wonderful piano students at Show Tyme Academy in Missoula, Montana. She is an accompanist for the University of Montana, many area choral festivals and the Missoula County Public Schools. Anne also spends her summer working with students at the Missoula Children’s Theatre, both through the Next Step Prep program and their Performing Arts Camp. Anne has performed with a number of chamber groups and performs in multiple recitals every year. In her spare time she loves cooking with her husband, hiking to mountain tops and waterfalls, and reading books of all kinds. All of life is further enjoyed with the presence of Teaching Assistant Mindy, a five-pound chihuahua, who is most content at the piano.
Mezzo Soprano, Angela Joy Dailey, is a Missoula resident and alumni of the University of Montana. She holds a Bachelor’s in vocal performance and a Master’s in vocal/opera studies from The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester UK. She is an active vocal teacher and adjudicator in the Missoula community and beyond. Upon returning from the UK she had the honor of representing Montana as a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Seattle. Standout roles include, Suzuki in RNCM’s Madama Butterfly, Dorabella in East Bay Aria Club’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and the Mother in Montana Lyric Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitor’s. She has been a soloist with the Missoula, Helena, and Glacier symphonies and spent many years singing with Missoula’s Dolce Canto. She had the privilege of serving on the board of directors for the International Choral Festival from 2010-2016. She is also a member of the very active Americana band, Wolf and the Moons, and holds a full time position as mama to a four year old son and two year old daughter.
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Michael recently moved to Missoula after spending 6 years working in the film industry in Atlanta. Before that, his background includes over a decade of theater, dance, and vocal training. Graduating from George Mason University with a degree in Film Production and a minor in Acting. His production credits include Jumanji: The Next Level, Dumplin’, and Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame.
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Olivia has been an avid lover of all things performance since the age of seven. She played the violin, took voice lessons, and became a regular at the Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre in Butte, Montana. Olivia pursued her love of theatre all through elementary and high school. She hopes to continue sharing her love for the performing arts and is excited to be a part of the Show Tyme Academy team.
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